Monday, July 25, 2011

Time for football!

Various media outlets (i.e. NFL Network & ESPN) are reporting that the NFLPA team representatives and the players themselves, have voted to accept the terms of the recently negotiated collective bargaining agreement.

The agreement is 10 years in duration, meaning that no one will have to worry about NFL labor issues until February 2021, and there is no opt out clause for either side (a significant change from the previous agreement).

According to media outlets teams will be able to negotiate with their own free agents beginning Tuesday, July 26 and the traditional free agency period (i.e. the time when teams can begin negotiating with free agents from other teams) will begin Saturday, July 30 Friday at 6:00PM EDT [UPDATE: Judy Battista of the New York Times reports that free agency begins on Friday].

The start dates for training camps will be tied to each team's preseason schedule, with all teams beginning camp two weeks prior to their first preseason game.  If that is the case then the Steelers will open camp on Friday, July 29.

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